Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our Cloud Computing MSc aims to produce experts with practical experience who can work with companies from around the world to realise the business benefits of this exciting technology.
Our course focuses on both theory and practice so that you can understand and implement cloud computing applications. You will cover key subjects such as advanced object-oriented programming, data mining and big data analytics.
Through this course you will develop both your technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success. Our comprehensive research training provides a basis for PhD study.
This is a demanding and rewarding course. We have close links to research by the Scalable Systems Group and the Digital Institute in the School of Computing. Our Cloud Computing research also has links with companies such as Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard. They often employ our graduates and also offer summer project internships to students.
Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment. Recent examples include Software Engineer for IBM UK and Software Developer for Red Hat.
All academic staff involved in teaching cloud computing modules have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.
As a student on this course, you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, participating in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers. Our experienced and helpful staff are happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career. The course is part of a suite of related courses, which creates a tight-knit cohort.
Feedback from recent graduates
Practical experience, small class size, wonderful tutors and excellent computing facilities. These are the reasons why I chose this programme. If you are looking for a postgraduate MSc degree with practical experiences, this is the place you should send your application to!
Ms Anusuriya Devaraju (Lecturer, National Technical University College, Malaysia)
The course represents a challenging schedule and steep learning curve, but the skills gained have proved invaluable. This course equipped me with a strong theoretical knowledge. It also provided in-depth practical experience with industry relevant technologies. It dramatically enhanced my career prospects.
Mr Ryan Emerson (Software Engineer, Red Hat, UK)
Our Cloud Computing MSc can be completed full time or part time. The course typically starts in mid-September and is delivered on our Newcastle campus.
Full time students are taught in three blocks. Each block is timetabled to accommodate all formal lectures and practical sessions for the modules covered in that block. This arrangement is to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to study the modules covered in later blocks. For example, Advanced OO Programming, covered in the first block, provides the essential background for Enterprise Middleware in the second block which, in turn, supports understanding of the concepts and tools for Cloud Computing and System Design in the third block.
Modules worth 60 credits are taught in the first three months and are assessed through written examinations conducted in mid-January. The remaining 120 credits worth of study are assessed by coursework and project work. Of these 120 credits, the individual project is worth 90 credits and is carried out in the last five months.
Part time students have the flexibility to study over two years. The only constraint is that you must be examined for modules worth at least 30 credits in the January of your first year. The part time version of the course is designed to encourage participation of employees from local IT companies. As a part time student you can carry out your individual project in your place of work, as long as the supervisory processes in place meet University standards.
You will need to demonstrate your understanding and competence in cloud computing during the taught part of the course before you can proceed with your individual project. There are no formal lectures during this period. Your five month individual project gives you an opportunity to develop and deepen your knowledge and skills, and to work in a research or development team. For your project you will build a challenging and comprehensive cloud computing application, from design to prototype development, testing and demonstration. You can develop your project either at the University under an academic supervisor or by securing an industrial placement through an open competition. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.
The project can be carried out in:
- one of our research groups at Newcastle
- an industry laboratory
- your place of work
The Industrial Advisory Board is composed of sponsoring companies to ensure that the technical contents of the course reflect the priority areas of industrial research and development. For example, the data mining module has been added to the course to enrich industrial relevance and therefore employability credentials.
Professionals from Red Hat are involved in teaching two modules.
Individual projects can be carried out as an industrial placement with a number of leading IT companies, including:
- Red Hat Inc (Newcastle)
- Arjuna Technologies Ltd (Newcastle)
- Gospelware (Newcastle)
- HP (Newcastle)
- HP Labs (Bristol)
Read some examples of industrial projects.
We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
The School of Computing at Newcastle University is an accredited and recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development, as well as an allocated PC and desk space in a project lab. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up as required.
You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:
- over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
- an immersive virtual reality suite
- motion capture facilities
- 3D printing facilities
- Graphics Processing Unit
- cloud scale virtualisation facilities
- Linux based home pages and student hosting services
- haptic and wearable computing hardware
Our new £50m Science Central building is currently under construction. We are due to move there in Autumn 2017. The move will further enhance the facilities available to our students and academic community.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CSC8101 Big Data Analytics
- CSC8103 Distributed Algorithms
- CSC8104 Enterprise Middleware
- CSC8109 Group Project in Cloud Computing
- CSC8110 Cloud Computing
- CSC8111 Machine Learning
- CSC8199 Project and Dissertation for MSc Cloud Computing
- CSC8205 Research Skills
- CSC8404 Advanced Programming in Java *
* Candidates with good programming skills on entry may seek Degree Programme Director permission to replace CSC8404 Advanced Programming in Java with CSC8201 The Challenge of Dependable Systems instead.
Optional modulesOptional modules
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £21,600
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- computing science software engineering
- computing systems
- distributed computing
- internet computing
- information systems
- information technology
- be good at writing programs in an Object-Oriented programming language, preferably Java
- be good at analytical thinking and reasoning
- have a basic exposure to probability theory
We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if they have relevant professional experience in computing.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
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The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.